jrob21 (3688) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Clear orange with white head that doesn’t quit. The 90 is still one of my favorites. This one is just not as balanced. All the sugar but none of the flavor. Caramel and orange aromas. Full malt taste. Big power but not a lot of taste. outerupt (133) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2006
12oz. bottle purchased for a ludicrous sum. How is it possible that I can purchase Samichlaus (a beer brewed on one single day of the year) more easily and for less money than this beer? The beer pours a pretty amber-pink with a very thin white head. The hop aroma is quite lovely though it hints at the saccharin sweetness to come. The flavour is strangely similar to Samichlaus if it were dry hopped for such an extensive period of time. The downfall of this beer is its sweetness which must be encouraged to outway the ostensibly bitter hop character. The catch is that the hops on the beer are really not as bitter as you might expect. It’s more like a concentrated version of the sweet citrus of the 90 min. While the corn syrup flavor masks the alcohol fairly well it does little for balance as there is not much in the way of flavor to balance. For the price per volume this beer just doesn’t make sense to me. Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2006
2006 batch. Pours an absolutely gorgeous orange color with a thin white head that basically disappears. Aroma has a lot of citrusy grapefruit like hops with hints of grass and alcohol. While the large hop presence is definitely apparent, it’s balanced out extremely well with tons of sweet maltiness and a good dose of alcohol. As the beer warms, apricot and pear notes start to be heard. This beer really is a monster and I could really feel the effects by the end of the bottle. Highly recommended. atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2006
A bottle from 2003 that has been in my cellar for a few years. The color is quite copper with a white head. There is a strong aroma, but the strength is more sweetness then the bitterness or alcohol I was looking for. That’s not to say a hop character and alcohol are missing, they are indeed there, but take a back seat. The flavor that rolls over the tongue is nothing short of the sweetest beer I’ve ever had. It is fairly thick and syrupey and full of sweet malt character. There is a hint of the hops that probably once were more noticable and a decent sized alcohol sting comes in at the end. It has a big presence throughout and strong smooth feel on the finish. I need to sample one of these fresh to determine how much the hops were subdued in this one, because while they were noticable, the beer was much more sweet than bitter. If I have a newer one with more hop character I think my score will improve. jrt (62) - USA - FEB 15, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 16, 2007 Wow. An exceptionally smooth beer. The abrupt, syrupy sweetness I find in the the other dogfish head ipa’s is more diplomatic (refined?) and the alcohol is a latent, though potent presence.
Though the bitterness is strong ( it IS an IPA), I find this beer to be balanced and smoother than any other IPA, and the maltiness gives a real "weight" to the flavor. A fantastic beer!!
sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2006
A man among boys. This beer tells you immediately "you’re not doin’ nuthin’ after you drink me" This beer drinks like a cognac with similar results, enjoy! TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2006 Calling this a double IPA is a joke; this deserves a category of its own. Much less hoppy than I expected, instead its incredibly sweet. Considering the monster ABV, the alcohol is barely there on the tongue, but makes itself known once its swallowed. About as complex as they come, but still shockingly easy to drink. Not much more you could ask for. Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 29, 2006
12 fl. oz. bottle. Average white head that clings to the glass. Clear light brown. Liquid sugar clouds run through the upper layers. You can actually *see* that this beer is sweet. Caramelly malty aroma. Sweet aromas with some notes of marzipan. Surprisingly little hop character. The malts dominate the aroma. Extreme sweetness, without being cloying. Complex sugars. Syrupy. Not at all bitter, but hops do cover up much of the actual sweetness. The hops are gentle, most likely well hidden by the dominance of malts. Strong alcohol whiffs. Clearly high in alcohol. Cognac-like. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 27, 2006
120 Minute IPA pours to a beautiful, very bright, deep amber color, with a tight white head that fades, and amazingly, for such a huge beer, with such a lush palate, a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is amazingly complex and hoppy, with deep aromas of spicy/citric/resiny, pungent hops, paired with some peppery alcohol. The palate is equally complex and amazing, with a slick, silky, and lush mouth feel. Whiskey like flavors of sweet malt, honey, pepper, and undertones of candied citrus hop flavor, glide over the tongue. 120 Minute IPA finishes with more complex malt and hop flavors up front, then ends with a warming, soothing, peppery alcohol burn, that lingers and warms as it goes down.
This is an amazingly complex, and flavorful beer, that is akin to drinking a fine single malt scotch, sherry, cognac, or port. I truly am in awe of this beer, because as huge as this beer is, it remains very drinkable and enjoyable. The palate is so polished and silky, making it dangerous to drink, for such a big beer. This beer clocks in at 120 IBU(bitterness units), 21% abv, and 45 degrees Plato. But as stated, as massive as this beer is, there is complete harmony going on here. 120 Minute IPA is balanced, just on an amplified scale. That being said, this beer does not suit every taste. I know some pretty experienced beer lovers who were not impressed with this beer and found it to be just too much of a good thing.
120 IPA is the ultimate after work, or after dinner beer. I would not dare pair this with food, any more than I would a fine single malt or port. Though, it would be a perfect match with strong and sharp cheeses, much like barleywine is. Savor this one as a relaxing after dinner drink. larsga (7539) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2006
Smallish, coarse-laced white head; clear, light brown body. Massive, caramelly marzipan aroma. (Hmmm. No hops. Strange.) Deep, very sweet taste, with sugary, oily mouthfeel, and a very subtle hop profile. Aftertaste is bitter with roasted almonds. Roasted almonds linger. Disappointing that there’s so little aroma hops here. Almost like drinking a cake. Perfect with dessert. A very good beer, but not what I expected. (Beer produced April 2005, consumed December 2006. 0.33l bottle.)